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Robin Williams, 63. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Robin Williams, 63. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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Celebrity deaths, month by month, in 2014

The suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams touched off a national conversation about depression. The overdose deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, model Peaches Geldof and heavy metal frontman Dave Brockie were grim reminders of the scourge of drug use.

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British Rock and Blues legend Joe Cocker performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2002. (AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini, File)
British Rock and Blues legend Joe Cocker performs during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2002. (AP Photo/Keystone, Fabrice Coffrini, File)
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British rocker Joe Cocker dies at 70

LONDON (AP) -- British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70.

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P.D. James, in 2005, discussing her novel, "The Lighthouse," featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams/File)
P.D. James, in 2005, discussing her novel, "The Lighthouse," featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams/File)
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PD James, queen of British crime writing, dies at 94

LONDON (AP) -- P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

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Clarinettist and vocalist Acker Bilk in 2001. (AP Photo / John Stillwell, PA)
Clarinettist and vocalist Acker Bilk in 2001. (AP Photo / John Stillwell, PA)
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British jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk dead at 85

LONDON (AP) -- English clarinet player Acker Bilk, who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental "Stranger on the Shore," has died at the age of 85.

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Polly Bergen works on a scene during the filming of “Move Over, Darling,” in 1963.  (AP Photo/Don Brinn, File)
Polly Bergen works on a scene during the filming of “Move Over, Darling,” in 1963. (AP Photo/Don Brinn, File)
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Polly Bergen, Emmy-winning actress and singer, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

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Richard Mellon Scaife, owner and publisher of the Tribune Review newspapers in Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa. died at his home early Friday, July 4, 2014, one day after his 82nd birthday, (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Richard Mellon Scaife, owner and publisher of the Tribune Review newspapers in Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa. died at his home early Friday, July 4, 2014, one day after his 82nd birthday, (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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Billionaire Publisher Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton, has died. He was 82.

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This May 17, 1973 file photo shows Sen. Fred D. Thompson, Chief Minority Counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee, left, talking with Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn. during the Watergate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo, File)
This May 17, 1973 file photo shows Sen. Fred D. Thompson, Chief Minority Counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee, left, talking with Sen. Howard Baker, R-Tenn. during the Watergate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo, File)
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Howard Baker, who asked key Watergate question, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Howard Baker's question sliced to the core of Watergate: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

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Stephanie Kwolek, in 2007, wearing regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented. Kwolek died Wednesday in a Wilmington hospital, at age 90. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Jennifer Corbett)
Stephanie Kwolek, in 2007, wearing regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented. Kwolek died Wednesday in a Wilmington hospital, at age 90. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Jennifer Corbett)
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Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Police Lt. David Spicer, who dons protective body armor as part of his daily routine, will forever be grateful for the woman whose discovery of Kevlar fiber saved his life more than a decade ago - and has protected thousands of other officers and soldiers.

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Horace Silver, 85, pianist, composer and band leader who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/National Endowment for the Arts, Tom Pich)
Horace Silver, 85, pianist, composer and band leader who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/National Endowment for the Arts, Tom Pich)
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Horace Silver, pioneering jazz pianist, dies at 85

Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, has died. He was 85.

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Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, above, has died at 90, after requesting and receiving the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, above, has died at 90, after requesting and receiving the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
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Poland’s Last Communist Leader Gets Church Funeral

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland is bidding farewell to the its last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, who died last week.

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